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Steelers Mt. Rushmore voting on Pro Football Talk ends at 4 p.m. ET Friday

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NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: Ravens at Broncos 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Packers at 49ers 8 p.m. ET

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2013 Pro Bowl: Selection show on NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET, which Steelers will be chosen?

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Steelers will travel Sunday before 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff at Giants in Week 9

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BTSC Appearance on WNDE Radio in Indianapolis 6 p.m. ET Friday

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BTSC on Sports Talk on Trib Live Radio at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday


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NFL Changes Late Game Start Times to 4:25 p.m. ET


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The only particularly interesting takeaway from the NFL's recent decision to move kickoff times of the "late" games (as opposed to "early" and "primetime") from 4:15 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET is why they didn't do it sooner.

As Dan Gigler of the Post-Gazette wrote, "According to an NFL release, the later kickoff time will reduce the likelihood of fans missing the finish of a 1 p.m. telecast because TV contract rules require the networks to broadcast the opening kickoff of every home-market team's late-afternoon games."

Obviously this differs from market to market, but Steelers fans in a non-primary or secondary Steelers market are at the mercy of a local team playing at 1 p.m., and that game going into overtime. The other channel (in this example, CBS) cannot air the late game until the early game is over.

So yeah, in that case, why not bump the time back a few minutes? Granted, it makes the league appear to be run more on the schedule of Amtrak, but of the three, it's the most flexible time slot.

Another 10 minutes can be torturous, because it gives talking heads another 10 minutes to Sports Shout about whatever the latest trendy topic is, but if it means those of us in non-primary Steelers markets (particularly those of us in the primary markets of AFC teams, like Denver or Kansas City) don't have to miss kickoff, then I'm all for it.

The Steelers have five games affected by this: Their home-opener (Week 2 Sept. 16) vs. the Jets, Week 3 (Sept. 23) at Oakland, Week 9 (Nov. 4) at the Giants, Week 13 (Dec. 2) at Baltimore and Week 15 (Dec. 16) at Dallas.




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Christmas in April: 2012 NFL Draft Tonight at 8 p.m. ET


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Get the beer on ice, put in an advanced order from your favorite takeout place and make sure you've got '30 Rock' set to record on your DVR, it's Draft Day.

The culmination of several months of preparation comes when Washington goes on the clock with the No. 2 pick in the draft - Indianapolis has already declared Stanford QB Andrew Luck the first choice. The Redskins will probably grandstand for a little bit before selecting Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, putting Minnesota in the limelight for the first intriguing selection of the night.

BTSC is going to post any and all draft-related news of the day heading up to this evening's big event.

To indicate the speciality of the big day, not only are we making up words (there's an angry red line under "speciality"), we're making it a dual-open-thread day. We're going to post one in the morning, then one again an hour or two before the draft begins. Regular bylined stories will appear as merited.

So break out the ibuprofen and ice if your softball season-opening double-header was last night, especially if you more than tripled your total time running in 2012 in an hour and 45 minutes. It's draft day, get set for it with us here on BTSC.



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